Environment Sustainability Toolkit

Energy Efficiency

Enable Power Management Features on Computers and Office Equipment

WHAT IS IT?

Power management features provide enable machines to turn off or enter "sleep" mode, which uses much less electricity than during full operation, after a predetermined period of inactivity. Most electronic equipment comes with these features. Power management needs to be enabled in advance for it to work.

BENEFITS

Enabling power management will cut down on energy consumption and potentially lengthen the useful life of equipment. Computers, monitors, and other electronic equipment will continue to run unless turned off or set to turn off after a predetermined amount of time. Depending on how often machines are left on and not fully used, power management has the potential to return significant energy and cost savings.

ENERGY STAR: Top 12 Ways to Decrease the Energy Consumption of your Data Center

Learn how to save up to $50 per computer annually with power management.

ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT campaign

CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS CURRENTLY ADOPTING THIS PRACTICE

  • Nixon Peabody
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Citizens Bank

FINANCING OPTIONS, INCENTIVES, AND REBATES

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Local Service Providers / Consultants:

  • Free consultation - J. Michael Walker, Beacon Consultants Network (a US EPA ENERGY STAR Technical Support Contractor), p: 617-921-8445, mwalker@beaconconsultants.com

Other Resources:

IN THE NEWS

"Wal-Mart wants PCs to sleep earlier", Reuters, 12 Sept 2012.

"Intel's Smart Connect updates your laptap (and your tweets) while its sleeping", Venturebeat.com, 13 Sept 2012.

"The top Green-IT organizations: Hard-wired to be green" (our own Nixon Peabody ranks #9), Computerworld.com, 24 October 2011



Sign up to receive ABC news by email